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“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono

Music is an integral part of teaching and learning for all children at St Bernadette’s School. Through listening to music, singing or playing a musical instrument, we aim to inspire every child to develop a love of music as well as musicianship so that they have more self-confidence, greater creative thinking and a sense of achievement. Music learning brings many benefits; it develops language and reasoning skills, memory, the desire to create good work, coordination, pride in their achievement, interest and engagement, abilities and character, auditory attention, imagination and curiosity, the ability to relax, self-discipline, creativity, spatial intelligence (important for higher-order maths learning), teamwork and risk-taking. By giving our children a wide range of musical experiences, we are able to support our endeavour of bringing out the potential of each learner so they leave St Bernadette’s well-rounded individuals with a strong appreciation of the importance of music in their everyday lives as a life-long part of their growth and development.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

· perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

· learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

· understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture,structure and appropriate musical notations.





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